U.S. Consul General, Chennai
Judith Ravin assumed the post of Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India, on September 6, 2020
She previously served as the Public Affairs Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru, 2017-2020. From 2015-2017 she worked in Washington, D.C., as the International Relations Officer General in the Office of the Haiti Special Coordinator. Prior to that, from 2013-2015, she served as the Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer and then country Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, where she handled oversight of the largest U.S. government exchange program worldwide. Her work in the field of public diplomacy also includes U.S. embassies in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Khartoum, Sudan; and Yaoundé, Cameroon. She began her diplomatic career as a Vice Consul at the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, from 2003-2005. Judith Ravin joined the U.S. Department of State in 2003 following many years working in Asia, Africa, and Latin America as an editor, translator, and journalist. She is the author of Peru After Chamba (2022), co-author of Beyond Our Degrees of Separation: Washington Monsoons and Islamabad Blues (2017), and author of Ballet in the Cane Fields (2014).
Ms. Ravin did her undergraduate work at universities in France and Spain in addition to the United States. She holds a master’s degree in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. She speaks fluent Spanish and French.
As the Consul General in Chennai, she is responsible for advancing U.S.-India relations in the consular jurisdiction covering Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and the three Union Territories of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry.